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ISCI 1030: Research: Find Sources

Resources to support undergraduate research assignments for ISCI 1030

Interlibrary Loan (ILL)

ILL is an invaluable tool to fulfill full-text resource needs. It's quicker than you might think: but do plan ahead as it does require turnaround time. Typically, 1-5 business days for delivery of articles (sent via email PDF); 2 weeks for books (more if the title isn't held by many libraries).

Other Research Tools

These additional resources are not full-text resources, but they are useful for finding articles. Not in full-text? Check Pioneer Search before proceeding to the library's free Interlibrary Loan (ILL) services for acquiring full-text articles and books.

Finding Science Articles

This is an alphabetical list of specialized library databases with articles from magazines and academic journals in various science disciplines.

Mulit-subject Databases

Articles on science topics can also be found in the multi-subject databases JSTOR and  ProQuest Research Library. 

How to Read a Scientific Paper

1. Skim

  • Get the "big picture" by reading the title, keywords, and abstract carefully. These will give you the major findings and why they matter.
  • Scan the article without taking notes; focus on headings and subheadings
  • Note the publishing date
  • Note any terms and parts you don't understand for further reading

2. Re-Read

Read the article again, asking yourself the following questions:

  • What problem is the study trying to solve?
  • Are the findings well-supported by evidence?
  • Are the findings unique and supported by other work in the field?
  • What was the sample size? Is it representative of the larger population?

3. Interpret

  • Examine graphs and tables carefully
  • Use the captions to help interpret the data
  • Look for key issues and new findings in the Discussion and Results sections
  • Make sure you have identified the main points

4. Summarize

  • Take notes; it improves reading comprehension and can help you paraphrase sources
  • Highlight key points and words


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